Just Add Good Stuff presents “TIPS for a HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL & HEALTHIER LIFE” series of beautiful images, quotes and recommendations. This is Set #1 to the with many more to come! The infograms serve as a reminder and guide to a happier, more successful and healthy life through nutrition, diet, and fitness.
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TIPS for HAPPINESS, HEALTH & SUCCESS #1 > PARADISE ISLAND
After squandering a 4-1 3rd period lead in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup 1st round series against the Boston Bruins, there are many Toronto Maple Leaf fans who are in disbelief that their beloved team fell apart with 10.5 minutes left. The victory seemed certain, but the Toronto Maple Leafs let in 3 unanswered goals late in the 3rd period, and then lost to the Boston Bruins in overtime.
What a let down after a surprisingly successful year. Oh well, it’s part of the learning curve for these young Maple Leafs in their quest to earn another playoff spot in the 2013-2014 NHL season.
At Just Add Good Stuff, we decided to give Maple Leaf fans a few tips on how to deal with incredible and EPIC LOSS in Game 7.
Here’s a larger version of the TIPS for a Toronto Maple Leaf Fan after your EPIC MELTDOWN in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins:
The 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just been published! We’ll try to explain what the EWG calls the Dirty Dozen™ which are the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables in a grocery store in addition to the Clean Fifteen™ which include the 15 healthiest produce products you can find. The 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ by the EWG is a perfect way for you to avoid unhealthy produce while taking advantage of the healthiest ones during your grocery shopping visit.
Obviously, it is important to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your clean eating diet. And most of us understand that many of these produce products are exposed to numerous insecticides and pesticides that are detrimental to our health. The EWG 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ is an easy guide for anyone to follow when it comes to selecting foods that will give us the best nutrients while limiting the negative effects of contaminants. Although the Environmental Protection Agency has tried to restrict the use of some pesticides and chemicals on our crops because of their toxicity and direct/indirect links to health conditions in humans, many of these pesticides are still detected on foods that we think are absolutely safe. One thing to note is that even if the Environmental Protection Agency bans certain pesticides and chemicals, there will still be residual amounts of contaminants on our food for years to come. As with last year, the EWG 2013 Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides™ includes 2 main lists (Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™) plus other pertinent details.
Here is the 2013 Dirty DozenTM on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™:
Nectarines – imported
Sweet Bell Peppers
The 2013 Dirty Dozen™ on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ includes the fresh produce that is the most UNHEALTHY for human consumption. This is because the Dirty Dozen™ on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ includes the most CONTAMINATED vegetables and fruits found on our grocery store shelves. This means that the Dirty Dozen™ has the most pesticides, chemicals and other contaminants and should only be eaten in MODERATION and only have rigorous washing. They are laced with chemicals that are detrimental to our health and well being. It is especially important for parents of small children, as these pesticides and residual chemicals can adversely affect a child’s health for years to come.
* Also note that the 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ also includes the PLUS List. According to the EWG, the PLUS category highlights two crops – domestically-grown summer squash and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards. These PLUS crops did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides EXCEPTIONALLY TOXIC to the nervous system. So watch out for these two!
Here is the 2013 Clean Fifteen™ on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™:
Sweet Peas (frozen)
The 2013 Clean Fifteen™ is the LEAST CONTAMINATED and therefore healthiest vegetables and fruits you can find at your local grocery store. This means that the Clean Fifteen™ contains the LEAST amount of pesticides and chemicals. Go Clean Fifteen™.
The EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ also talks about 3 other important issues surrounding the lists.
Firstly, organic produce will always contain little or no pesticides or chemicals and is therefore healthier than traditional cultivated produce.
Secondly, genetically modified produce (or GMOs as they are commonly referred as) are not usually found in the fresh produce section of a grocery store. This is because the genetically modified seeds are used in processed foods that are usually in the packaged foods section. The genetically modified GMO foods are also found in animal feed and biofuels. Two of these such genetically modified foods that appear in almost everything and anything processed are CORN and SOY. Therefore, many GMOs are not listed in the Clean Fifteen™ nor the Dirty Dozen™ on the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™.
Lastly, some genetically modified crops make it to the produce section. A small percentage of sweet corn and zucchini are GMO but most Hawaiian papaya is a GMO. Because the United States law does NOT require labeling of GMO produce, a consumer can’t easily tell if they are buying a GMO or non-GMO product. Therefore, always go with the ‘organic’ choice wherever possible.
More information about the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce lists are online here.
You’ve probably heard the name before. Your friends may have mentioned Rip Esselystyn in passing or you may have watched Forks Over Knives, an eye opening food documentary about health, diet and nutrition.
Rip was born in Upstate New York and attended the University of Texas at Austin on a swimming scholarship between 1982 and 1986. During that time, Rip Esselstyn was an All American swimmer, winning numerous swimming awards during this collegiate years and becoming a household name on the swimming circuit. After University, Rip Esselstyn became a successful triathlete, competing against the world’s best for over 10 years. In late 1990’s Rip retired from being a pro-triathlete and became a professional firefighter and emergency medical technician. Soon after getting his certifications, Rip Esselstyn started working at the Austin Fire Department’s Engine 2.
The Rip Esselstyn Whole Foods Plant Based Diet
As with most people in North America, Rip Esselstyn grew up eating a standard ‘Western-style diet’ which consisted mainly of animal protein, some vegetables and fruit, lots of carbohydrates and starch and of course, fast food and soda drinks. What’s interesting is that during Rip Esselstyn’s triathlete competition years, he switched over to a whole foods plant based diet. He was inspired by some of his dad’s teachings in this subject area and decided to go into an entirely whole foods plant based diet as of 1987, years before he retired from competing in professional triathletes.
Rip’s latest book was released in mid May 2013 and is called Rip Esselystyn My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet. Not only does it contain a lot of new material, but My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet by Rip Esselstyn but it also has 140 new Engine 2 Diet recipes that are healthy, easy to follow and quick to prepare (as usual). Great tips and recommendations are also made throughout the book and you can easily purchase it on Amazon (hard copy or Kindle) as of mid May. In essence, My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet by Rip Esselstyn is a follow up to his The Engine 2 Diet book. The first book was mainly recipe based, while Rip’s second book, My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet is more about education and dispelling many myths surrounding health and nutrition. Rip argues that many of today’s worst diseases are diet related and therefore, can easily be reversed with the implementation of a plant strong diet, as explained in My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet by Rip Esselstyn. Here is the background information about My Beef with Meat on Amazon:
For the millions who are following a plant-based diet, as well as those meat-eaters who are considering it, MY BEEF WITH MEAT is the definitive guide to convincing all that it’s truly the best way to eat! New York Times Bestelling author of The Engine 2 Diet and nutrition lecturer Rip Esselstyn, is back and ready to arm readers with the knowledge they need to win any argument with those who doubt the health benefits of a plant-based diet–and convince curious carnivores to change their diets once and for all. Rip Esselstyn reveals information on the foods that most people believe are healthy, yet that scientific research shows are not. Some foods, in fact, he deems so destructive they deserve a warning label. Want to prevent heart attacks, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s? Then learn the facts and gain the knowledge to convince those skeptics that they are misinformed about plant-base diets, for instance:
You don’t need meat and dairy to have strong bones or get enough protein
You get enough calcium and iron in plants
The myth of the Mediterranean diet
There is a serious problem with the Paleo diet
If you eat plants, you lose weight and feel great
My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn proves the Engine 2 way of eating can optimize health and ultimately save lives and includes more than 145 delicious recipes to help readers reach that goal.
Here are some of his other teachings:
Eating a plant-strong diet is the best way to fight the dangerous fires raging inside us—fires that create all the chronic Western ailments including heart attack, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
The fat and cholesterol in animal products clogs up arteries and can cause impotence, which research shows may be an early sign of heart disease. But men, you can treat this without Viagra. Instead, eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans.
Some people ask: is Rip Esselstyn gay? Because Rip is so secretive with his personal life, many people have asked that question at least once: Rip Esselstyn gay? Most indications is that Rip Esselstyn is NOT gay. However, many journalists looking for the latest scoop on Rip Esselstyn’s sexuality have always brought this topic up to garner more followers (which to us is disgusting). For gay men, Rip Esselstyn gay would be unreal. To them, a gay Rip Esselstyn will break down all barriers in terms of sexuality and masculinity. So when you ask is Rip Esselstyn gay, who really cares? He is a role model for EVERYONE … a handsome firefighter dedicated to bringing awareness to health, diet, nutrition and fitness. He is also a dedicated spokesperson for clean eating whole foods plant based diets. Yes he’s handsome, well spoken and a great role model … and because of his secretive personal life, this doesn’t mean that Rip Esselstyn is gay at all. What is means is that there are certainly lots of people who want a gay Rip Esselstyn … and it’s certainly just their dream.
The only nutrient that plant-based foods lack is vitamin B12. But you can get a daily supply by downing a glass of fortified soy milk or a bowl of fortified cereal.
Some trendy diets claim that all carbohydrates are bad guys, yet of the three macro-nutrients that provide calories in our diet (carbs, protein, and fat), carbohydrates are the body’s primary fuel source. They’re responsible for managing your heart rate, digestion, breathing, exercising, walking, and thinking.
Here’s a great quote we picked up online: Don’t use your body as a trash can! Remember that much of what we eat is absorbed into our bodies. Therefore, there is truth in the saying: “We are what we eat“. So, going full circle: “Don’t use your body as a trash can!” because if we do, we actually become the trash that we eat.
There is a great film called “KING CORN” that follows two students who realize that there is a substantial amount of corn DNA in their hair. They look for a link between what we consume as ‘food’ and how it directly affects us and our human DNA. The results are fascinating as they are scary. We would highly recommend that you watch King Corn. You can easily purchase it for under $20 on Amazon … see below.
Ok, we’ve all seen the commercials for the NutriBullet, a new and improved MagicBullet, that apparently allows you to juice and blend just about everything. I must admit… I’ve had my doubts about this machine since the get go, so I decided to purchase one in November 2012 to try it.
The NutriBullethas literally changed my life. It is an amazing and affordable appliance that allows anyone to EXTRACT the best of every food out there, without any waste. The catch phrase for the NutriBullet is “Don’t Juice It. Don’t Blend It. Extract It!”
Unlike a juicer, The NutriBullet Superfood Nutrition Extractor actually blends and extracts EVERYTHING. There is no separation of the liquid from the solids (pulp) and therefore, you can drink the best of both worlds. You don’t waste anything and you retain all the nutrients of the food.
So how does the NutriBullet work?
The NutriBullet motor is very powerful. The 600 watt motor rivals the best blenders and is significantly more powerful than the original MagicBullet (built for different purposes of course!). Add to it the all-new NutriBullet Extractor Blade, and anyone can juice, blend and extract all types of vegetables, fruit, solid foods, nuts and liquids. The NutriBullet also has a exclusive cyclonic action that is efficient and fast, allowing you to prepare a drink in less than 5 minutes! The NutriBullet Superfood Nutrition Extractor busts open seeds, cracks through stems and even sheds tough skin, so preparing your ingredients is quick and easy.
Transform ordinary food into superfood and add years to your life!
And did you know?
The NutriBullet is very affordable and clocks in at less than $120 USD! In addition, you can get shipping for FREE! There is also a 30 day risk free money back guarantee. This is an amazing offer for a life changing machine!